Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein says a Manhattan federal lawsuit accusing him of sex trafficking should be put on hold while he tries to get it tossed by a higher power.
Weinstein, 66, claims the lawsuit, filed by aspiring British actress Kadian Noble, is wrong on the law — paving the way for him to have it tossed by an appeals court before it even gets started in the lower court.
Normally, defendants go to trial before seeking appeal.
Noble sued Weinstein last year, saying he violated federal laws against sex trafficking when he lured her to his Le Majestic Hotel room in Cannes, France, in 2014 with claims that he had a role for her in mind.
Instead, he coerced her into sex in the bathroom, telling her “everything will be taken care of for you if you relax,” Noble’s lawsuit claims.
Last week, Manhattan federal Judge Robert Sweet ruled that the lawsuit could proceed over Weinstein’s objections that he could not have committed sex trafficking because nothing of value was exchanged.
In requesting a stay of the case pending appeal, Weinstein said Judge Sweet got it wrong because Nobel’s “belief that she might receive something of value,” including a potential film role, does not meet the standards required to prove he engaged in a “commercial sex act.”
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